ALBNAY – Changes to the state’s bail reform laws were included in the New York State budget.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, that while he was proud of the bail reforms the state made last year, tweaks needed to be made in this year’s budget to improve public safety. So far there’s been mixed reaction to the changes.
Some of the new bail reform changes passed in the state budget include making more high-level offenses eligible for bail. According to the Senate Majority’s Office, this includes domestic violence felonies, crimes resulting in death, additional sex crimes and high-level drug offenses.
An extra $40 million will also be allocated to help implement the criminal discovery reforms.